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Greece’s largest island offers a mix of glamorous hotels, beautiful beaches and historic ruins.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in the sleek suites at Elounda Beach
  • Experience…a cruise to Spinalonga Island, a former leper colony
  • Splurge…on a tour of the Diktaion Andron caves, the mythical birthplace of Zeus
  • Eat…at a local taverna in the charming village of Plaka
  • Savor…the dramatic views from the Blue Palace
  • Visit…the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, the fabled home to the Minotaur
  • See…the flashy yachts and sunglass-clad celebs that line Elounda’s harbor in August
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries.

Lay of the Land

Crete is a vast and amazingly diverse island. From the snow-capped peaks of the White Mountains to miles of pristine golden sands on the southern coast, this island really does have it all. Traditional mountain villages and dramatic ravines like the Samaria Gorge attract hikers year round. But beach-lovers are guaranteed great weather from April to October on Greece’s southernmost island.

The capital Heraklion is a bustling, unlovely city –the only real attraction is the extraordinary Archaeological Museum, which reopened in June 2014 after an 8-year renovation. The five-star resorts are clustered around Elounda and Ayios Nikolaos on the northeastern coast. Western Crete is more suited for independent travellers, with its family-run hotels and hilltop villages that have barely changed for decades. The regional capital is Chania, with an enchanting Old Town behind the Venetian harbor. Falasarna and Elafonissos on the western coast are among the island’s best beaches. With few roads connecting north and south, the southern coast is beautifully unspoiled.

When to Go

Crete is one of the windiest Greek Isles, and the best time to visit is June or September.

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